Queen’s Jubilee Tree Planting Patrons ‘Linked to Deforestation’ | trees and forests

Activists say the Queen’s jubilee tree-planting scheme was sponsored by companies with links to deforestation.

Across the country, people have been asked to “plant a jubilee tree” in honor of the seventieth queen on the throne.

The green queen umbrella The scheme will dedicate a network of 70 ancient forests across the UK and identify 70 ancient trees to “celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty’s service”.

The move is aimed at reforesting the UK. However, concerns have been raised by a campaign group regarding some of the scheme’s “Platinum” sponsors, namely Listed on the official website. These include McDonald’s, which was Linked to deforestation in Brazil.

Another platinum sponsor is Coutts, the Queen’s Bank. as part of NatWest مجموعة groupCoates invests in several companies that activists accuse of rebuilding the NGO Wild Card for profiting from deforestation.

This includes the energy company Draxthat use biomass for fuel. During 2021, the Drax power plant in Yorkshire burned 7.7 million tons of freshly harvested (“green”) wood pellets, but there are growing concerns about Sustainability of this practice.

NatWest is also investing in a pulp mill UPM, which has been accused of causing deforestation in Uruguay by harvesting trees for paper. The group also funds energy company Vatenfall, which sells wood pellets and wood chips to energy companies.

Royal family activists have been accused of helping large corporations launder their environmental records.

Luisa Casson, Head of Forestry at Greenpeace UK, said: “Unfortunately, the number of trees this scheme would help plant is a fraction of the number that the project sponsors helped destroy. It is an insult to the volunteers involved in using their efforts to wash away the companies’ reputation. that leads to deforestation around the world.”

Joel Scott Hulks, co-founder of wild cardhe added, “The royal family is helping big corporations wash their own activities to destroy the planet. As representatives of our nation, they are implicating us all in a shameful cover-up of the horrific environmental reputation of these global corporations.”

“As Britain’s largest landowning family, members of the royal family should use their time to rebuild and reforest their vast estates – not lend their names to companies like McDonald’s.”

Wild Card also criticized the Rentokil Platinum Sponsorship Grant scheme, when the company announces its services to Kill winged insectswhose numbers have decreased by 60% since 2004.

“A company that benefits from extermination of bees, ants, moths, wasps and flies is essential to the survival of tree canopies, which are vital not only to nature but to humans as well,” said Emma Smart, campaigns coordinator for the NGO.

“The kind of work we do is helping customers control flies inside food production or food preparation facilities, bed bugs in hotels, and cockroaches in kitchens,” Rintokel said. We also work in parts of the world where mosquitoes cause malaria and Zika [virus]with the associated serious impact on human health.

During her reign, the Queen has planted more than 1,500 trees worldwide, and her subjects have been asked to plant millions across the UK as a “special gift” to celebrate the jubilee.

However, its land is relatively treeless. The royal family owns more than 850,000 acres (350,000 hectares) of land and beach fronts, but many of their properties have less tree cover than other parts of the UK. For example, the Duchy of Cornwall, which is owned by Prince Charles, has only 6% tree coverage compared to 16% nationwide.

Balmoral, the Queen’s estate in Scotland, is naturally a temperate rainforest, but environmental activists have pointed out that it contains Vast areas of grouse swampsOnly small fragments of forest remain.

Administer the crown property A £14.1 billion real estate portfolio, which includes Windsor Great Park and urban areas such as Regent Street in central London, as well as 264,000 acres of farmland, woodland and upland. A standalone business, hands off everything he has treasury profitswhich passes 25% of the profits – at a two-year interval – to the Queen through the Sovereign Grant.

Activists have previously asked Crown Estates to pledge space for nature – and possibly forests – even if it impacts profits.

A spokesperson said: “Queen’s Green Canopy is extremely grateful to our platinum supporters who have helped enable the planting of over one million trees in the UK since October 2021. Each company that has generously supported QGC is committed to the tough and challenging targets of both deforestation and biodiversity.

“As a charitable initiative that has not received taxpayer funding, we rely on donors to achieve our goals, which are to fund planting trees in areas of greatest need across the UK.

With this support, we will continue to plant large numbers of trees in the fall until the end of the Platinum Jubilee year. The legacy of this campaign will make a difference for future generations and encourage tree planting long into the future.”

A McDonald’s spokesperson told the Guardian: “McDonald’s is committed to eliminating deforestation from global supply chains by 2030.

“2020 saw us reach a major milestone by achieving our goal of supporting deforestation-free supply chains for several key ingredients and materials – beef, chicken (soybean in feed), palm oil, coffee and fiber for customer packaging.

“We know we have more work to do. That’s why we are accelerating progress in this area, and as a signatory to the UK Soybean Manifest, we are committed to making soybeans, which is used as an ingredient and in animal feed across our supply chains, of deforestation-free supply chains by the end of 2025.”

NatWest said it has identified biodiversity and nature loss as emerging risks for the Bank and has been a member of the Nature Financial Disclosure Task Force Forum.

“Our private bank Coutts is proud to support tree planting in schools and underserved urban areas through Queen’s Green Canopy as part of its broader commitment to inspiring tree planting across the UK and supporting young people to develop green skills and find work.”

A spokesperson for Drax questioned they have links to deforestation, saying that some of the forests they use have doubled in size since the 1950s, and that much of the wood used is what they call a waste product.